In my recent post, “Frozen Bliss,” I described the utter joy I feel when sitting down to a bowl of delicious frozen yogurt topped with carob chips and freshly sliced bananas. Well, my somewhat guilt-free enjoyment was recently trumped after discovering “10 Things You Don’t Know About Sugar,“describing the not-so-healthy effects of sugar on your brain and body. While I usually opt for the “no sugar added” or sugar-free variety, unfortunately, this chilly treat can still be loaded with sugar-filled calories. After skimming the dozens of news stories detailing the way sugar can wreak havoc on your systems, I am not surprised that so many high-profile health advocates are publicizing their sugar-free way of living.
Sugar is a tricky little bugger. It sneaks its way into many foods that you wouldn’t expect, including:
While I never doubted that my nightly dessert was high in sugar – the carob chips alone add a good portion of calories – when you really start to examine all the foods in your diet, you might be surprised at the sugar content of other foods. I am, in no way, advocating a sugar-free diet, because I couldn’t last a day without some sort of sweet treat, but there are some good alternatives if you are thinking of cutting back. Here are some of my favorite foods to satisfy your sweet tooth without overloading on sugar:
Cottage Cheese with Fruit
Mix nonfat cottage cheese with fresh pineapple, pears or banana slices and enjoy a high-protein, low-sugar treat to combat your craving. These fruit varieties work best for this snack due to their texture and lower sugar content, but you can use almost any fruit – even canned (make sure you buy the canned fruit in water, not syrup!)
Baked Apple with Cinnamon
Take a Granny smith apple (they microwave best but you can choose your favorite variety), and cut out the core or slice it into four pieces. Place it on a plate and microwave it on high for about one minute. As soon as you take it out, sprinkle cinnamon over the top to lightly coat the warm, soft apple. It’s like having a slice of apple pie without the carbs (or guilt)!
Here’s a little gem for you. Have you ever sat down with a pint of ice cream and a spoon, and thought you could easily eat the entire container in one sitting? Arctic Zero is a scrumptious frozen treat that allows you to do just that without feeling guilty! The texture of this frozen treat is not as creamy or thick as ice cream, but it certainly satisfies the craving, and an entire pint will only set you back 150 calories! This frozen yogurt-type dessert comes in Peanut Butter Chocolate, Maple Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream (Edible Epiphanies’ favorite flavor), Coffee, Chocolate, and others. I like to mix half a bowl of Breyers No Sugar Added Frozen Yogurt with a scoop of any Arctic Zero flavor, and top it with fresh banana slices and carob chips. This gives you some creaminess with lots of flavor and little guilt!